Dead Broke Farm

Ride Scenic Trails On Well-Trained Horses

donaldonmorticiaondbftrails_240x205Come ride more than 10 miles of wooded trails at Dead Broke Farm – a 110-acre farm conveniently located in Raleigh, NC. Our bridle trails have rolling hills, creek crossings, lots of beautiful hardwood trees, and wildlife.  Deer, cranes, and turkeys are often spotted on our trails. Our trails are suitable for beginners but challenging enough to be interesting for more experienced riders.

Located near I-40, I-540, Hwy 70, and Hwy 98 within 30 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Apex, Garner, Clayton, and Wake Forest.

Children must be 6 years old or older to ride on their own. The cost is the same regardless of age since everyone is provided with a horse. Younger children may not ride double with a parent but can ride double with an experienced guide for an extra $10 per child in addition to the cost of the horse rental. 


Trail Riding Schedule

We are open year round for horseback riding, 7 days a week March - Oct and on weekends only Nov - Feb. However, we are open on ALL national holidays even if they occur on a weekday except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, so we are open on New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran's Day. We're also open Thanksgiving week (except Thanksgiving Day), and the last 2 weeks of Dec (even on weekdays).

Time Period 1-Hour 2-Hour 1-Hour &  2-Hour
Jan - Feb 11am, 2pm 12pm Winter - Closed Mon - Fri
New Year's Day 11am, 2pm 12pm 11am, 2pm
Valentine's Day 11am, 2pm 12pm 11am, 2pm
President's Day 11am, 2pm 12pm 11am, 2pm
Mar - Oct 11am, 2pm   12pm, 3pm   11am, 2pm
Independence Day 11am, 2pm 12pm, 3pm 11am, 2pm
Nov - Dec 15 11am, 2pm 12pm Winter - Closed Mon-Fri
Veterans Day 11am, 2pm 12pm 11am, 2pm
Thanksgiving Week (except Thur) 11am, 2pm 12pm 11am, 2pm
Dec 16 - 31 11am, 2pm 12pm 11am, 2pm


Trail Riding Rates (cost per person)

The first hour costs $60/person for the 1-hour ride, but group discounts are applicable.  Each additional hour after the first is $40/hour per person. Tips are appreciated, so...

If you enjoy your ride, tip your guide!

1-Hour 2-Hour

# of Riders

in your group

Cost/Person Cost/Person
1 - 4 $60 $100
5 - 9 $55 $95
10 or more $50 $90

Additional fees that may be applicable:

  • $10 fee for riders who weigh more than 200 lbs to help us offset the cost of feeding and shoeing our large draft horses.
  • $10 fee for children too young to ride on their own (4 and 5 year-olds) and any 6 year-olds who want to ride double with an experienced guide rather than ride on their own.

Private rides are available for an additional $50. The private fee is a flat fee and covers everyone in your group regardless of the duration of your ride. For example, you would add $50 to make a ride private for an individual doing a 2-hour ride. Similarly, the cost would be $50 for a group of 4 riders doing a 1-hour ride. In other words, the private fee is a fixed cost independent of the number of riders or how long you're riding. It's purpose is to help us fund an additional guide for the day.


Notice: Cash Payments Only!

We no longer accept credit cards as a form of payment. You may use a credit card (Mastercard, Visa, or Discover) to secure your reservation with a deposit, but no credit cards or checks will be accepted when paying your balance at our farm.


Make The Most Of Your Horseback Riding Adventure

Aaron Leading a Trail RideFeel free to bring bottled water with you. We recommend you wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Shorts are okay, if you don't mind possible chafing from the saddle or possibly a skinned knee if you allow your horse to get too close to a tree.

Please note that, depending on the number of riders, it will take up to an hour for us to get your up on your horses and headed down the trail.  We will ask you to complete a Release From Liability form, collect the balance of your payment, give you a brief (10 min.) riding demonstration, help you to mount your horses, adjust your stirrups, and make sure your saddles are tight before the start of each ride. However, there's no need to arrive in advance of your scheduled ride time. We simply want to make you aware that it takes time for us to get you ready to ride, so you'll be at our farm a little longer than the 1 or 2 hours that you are scheduled to ride. In any case, your ride doesn't officially begin until everyone is mounted and the horses leave the barn headed for the trail head.


Come Enjoy All Our Farm Has To Offer

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We have lots of other animals (dogs, cats, guineas, chickens, a Miniature Horse, and a donkey) for you to see and enjoy while you wait. In other words, we're a bonafide working farm.

Reservations and a $40 deposit are required to ensure availability, so make a reservation today, and get taken for a ride at Dead Broke Farm!


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